Newbie Guide to Making Money Through Trading

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Post by 3iff » Fri, 20. Feb 04, 18:36

The point is that I'm currently on a mining only game and I thought I'd mention the sort of profits I was making as a reference figure. Your silicon trading scheme is FAR BETTER in cash terms and it's something I shall look into.

Mining is a time consuming process - I've recently spent 90 minutes mining an area to fill my TL (about 28,000 cargo space in total). A different process would be to buy/sell silicon on a giant scale and hop around in a TL. The only problem is that markets saturate quite quickly. I would bet that doing what you suggested but in a TL might be even more profitable...

...I keep finding new ways of playing the game...

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Cheers Creston

Post by battlepup » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 00:37

From the Noob who posted yesterday asking for some advice - thanks!!!

Guess I'm going to start a new game of X2 now!

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Post by Creston » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 00:40

3iff wrote:Mining is a time consuming process - I've recently spent 90 minutes mining an area to fill my TL (about 28,000 cargo space in total).
Phwoar, that's some hardcore mining there, buddy. :)
And here I am with my humble 1 Teladi Vulture + 2 Boron Manta getup :o

Battlepuppy, you're more than welcome, hope it brings you much profits!

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Post by Benj » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 03:22

Creston, that's some brilliant and organized headwork there! I was starting to look at the credits per cargo unit aspect of trading, and you've nailed it. Everything you suggested makes sense. It even helps the mobile mining profession.

Thanks for taking the time to share your findings and present them so clearly.

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Post by Creston » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 03:28

Thanks for the reply Benj, and I'm glad it was of some help to you :)

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Post by welsh_woody » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 22:04

I followed your instructions to the t but found that i could not use the best buy / sell locators because of the following ,
TRADING SYSTEM EXTENSION NOT INSTALLED
could you please help with this problem,
cheers.

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Post by NeverSnake » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 22:07

You need a trading system extension installed to use them (Helpful answer, eh?)

They're availible at all good equipment docks.

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Post by welsh_woody » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 22:19

thanks NEVERSNAKE will try that now

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Post by purpleblob » Sat, 21. Feb 04, 23:33

A question - can i send a computer piloted cargo ship somewhere, and buy stuff remotely when it gets there ? if so how, and what equipment has to aboard to do this?

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Post by Scribblette » Sun, 22. Feb 04, 00:10

Very detailed. Very useful. Very much appreciated.
"..it turns out you're not the spawn of bhaal after all. He wanted a blood test; didn't like the way you were giving him a bad name. I'm afraid you're just the generic freak.. Next please." - Scribblette

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Post by Creston » Sun, 22. Feb 04, 09:43

purpleblob wrote:A question - can i send a computer piloted cargo ship somewhere, and buy stuff remotely when it gets there ? if so how, and what equipment has to aboard to do this?
Yes you can, but it's a bit of a hassle to do so, in my opinion.

You need a remote trading extension installed in your own ship, and a Best Buy / Best Sell locator will be very beneficial too. You don't really need to put anything in the remote ship except for a Navigation Software. (Actually, I think you can even skip that, since every ship can automatically dock itself to a given station).

Look at your list of vessels you own (R), and select the ship you want to trade remotely. Go into the Command Console (C), then Navigation (1), then order it to dock at the station of your choice.
Once it's there, go to the ship again via the owned menu (R), and select trade with station. Buy stuff like you normally would, then send the ship off somewhere to sell it, via the Command Console's Navigation menu.
This is why the Best Sell locator comes in handy, because it will allow you to select it while looking at the different sector your remote ship is in. (Just hit 5)
Have the ship dock there, and then sell via the same method as described above.

Like I said, it's a bit of a hassle. I can trade about twice as fast if I do it myself rather than having a remote ship do it.



Glad you liked it, Scribblette :)

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Post by Corsair114 » Sun, 22. Feb 04, 10:19

Bit of a hassle, yeah, but it's useful when you're out exploring the galaxy. I've visited most of the systems in the game, but, unfortunately, have recently had to restart the campaign, so it's back to exploring the galaxy for me. Still, though, even if you're content to trade in a half-dozen or so systems, it's worth it to head south and visit the Paranid home systems, some of them are quite breath taking.

Back on topic though, g'damn Creston, that's a pretty slick method for rakin' in the dough!

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Post by stig12 » Sun, 22. Feb 04, 11:42

hi can anyone help plz ,i am following theses tip and have upgraded my ship ,gone to geo's buck and got the best buy and sell upgrades but i cant get them to work game says i need trading extenion software ,now i have got this and game said installed but every time i press "5" it dont work what am i missing here
thx for any help
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Post by purpleblob » Sun, 22. Feb 04, 12:36

Thanks for your help Creston, yours post here will be of great help to new and old players alike. If I have any more questions heres where i will be posting :roll: cheerz

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Sell Stuff From The Express In Mission 2???

Post by sc4r4b » Sun, 22. Feb 04, 17:52

The search fucntion is disabled... Can someone fill me in on, "Sell Stuff From The Express In Mission 2?" I just finished Mission 2... Am I supposed to sell that ship that chick gave me? :?

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